Nationwide are leading a host of industry front-runners across the housing, construction, financial and energy sectors, to encourage the Government to call for a green retrofit revolution in order to achieve its net zero targets by 2050. A green housing strategy is pivotal in enabling us to fully decarbonise homes and tackle climate change.
Working together, this group of 14 proactive companies, has identified seven key principles:
A roadmap is needed to bring the Future Homes Standard forward. A very small number of new builds are currently built to EPC A standard and, until that changes, houses that are not fit for the future, continue to be built.
The number of skilled installers and tradespeople is limited and the Government needs to work with the industry to stimulate demand and create a skills strategy, which will in turn provide good quality jobs throughout the UK.
The Government needs to commit to grant funding and help those who cannot afford to pay.
The EPC needs to become a ‘living document’ to reflect changes made to the home.
Clean energy and heat are key to any national retrofit strategy and the release of a Heat and Buildings strategy is anticipated.
A call for the Government to regulate and ensure that retrofit installers are Trustmark certified and compliant with PAS standards.
The Government needs to help people understand what is possible for their home.